Cupid.com doesn't offer personality questionnaires or compatibility testing like many other matchmaking sites. Their site allows you to interact directly with anyone. You can post messages, and keep a web-blog. Cupid is a subscription site; men must upgrade before they can fully communicate while women can use most of the site for free.
It's fairly advanced with a lot of features including live chat, emailing, video introductions, and advanced searching -- there are also apps for using the site on your desktop or mobile phone.
Membership and Upgrades
Like other sites owned by Cupid, membership for women is free.
Women can signup with a basic account and start messaging guys right away without upgrading. There is an optional upgrade, called VIP, which will give you a few extra privileges such as having your profile appear at the top of searches.
Men on the other hand will need to pay - an account upgrade is needed to send or receive messages. In addition, you won't be able to view other people's profiles in full until your own profile is completed to a certain level - it needs to be at least 50% complete. Free members are also hidden in searches until they upload a face photo.
Cupid works on the philosophy that the best way for its members to find romance is to allow them to do the matchmaking on their own. The site lets its users create a personal profile, webcam recordings, a brief bio, a physical description, plus lists of their personal interests.
After creating a personal profile, you get to browse the profiles of other singles in your geographic region. You'll probably see other people in your area who share your interests - and maybe share a desire to initiate a romantic relationship.
One interesting feature of Cupid.com is the forums. The forums allow you to ask questions and get to know others in a more relaxed setting.
Cupid is an active site with a lot of stuff to keep you busy. Though if this means finding romance, I'm not sure. A lot of activity going on means you will have to sign-up for additional features.
On the plus side, women can use almost everything on the site for free, even though this fact is not well advertised.
By Tara Miller